Gushing with Joy

A few months ago I wrote a blog on the combined use of metal and stonework in the garden and how they make a wonderful duet together. In it, I highlighted a water feature we installed at a client’s home in Dahlonega, complete with stone steps, a cascading stream, and beautiful custom black iron railing. […]

Metal and Stone for the Ages

There is something very special about the combined use of metal and stone in a garden. From the building we inhabit to the cellphone in our pocket, these strong elements are extremely useful and can be found all around us in the day-to-day. Because they’re so common, metal and stone are often seen as boring […]

Patio Problems to Patio Perfection

Jason and I are big proponents of clients doing projects on their own with the right information and resources. Sometimes all they need is a little advice and they’re good to go, but sometimes it’s more complicated. The good news is, we are always ready to step in if needed. Patio Problems We have a […]

UGA Extension: We exist to serve you!

Ray Parker, Jr.’s lyrics* to the movie Ghostbusters say it all about the University of Georgia Extension service: If there’s somethin’ strange in the neighborhood (invasive wildlife) Who ya gonna call?   UGA Extension! There’s somethin’ weird and it don’t look good (improper pesticide usage) Who ya gonna call?  UGA Extension!  UGA Extension is this amazing service […]

From Dry Creek Bed to Lush Garden Oasis

dry creek bed and garden

Have you ever gazed out over your yard, full of pride, until you’re reminded of that eye sore that you just can’t seem to fix? Sometimes all it takes is a little help solving the foundational issues and then bringing to life your own ideas to give it that personal flare. One of our clients […]

How to Make a Splash with a Simple Fountain

Teal fountain and grasses

Our client had a lovely, traditional, brick home in Dawsonville, GA.  The home had some interesting architectural features, including unique stone accents across the front façade and elegant copper gutters and downspouts. But those special details were lost in the view from the curb. They receded into the background because there was nothing to draw […]

Life Is But a Stream. And Stone Steps. And Outdoor Lighting

Hillside Walls Steps and Water

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…Life is but a dream. Well, it was kind of a bad dream at one client’s home until we helped them tame the steep hill that was hindering their hospitality. Hiking is a favorite activity here in the Northeast Georgia mountains. As much as we enjoy it, we usually do stop short […]

Making a Grand Entrance

Welcoming stone and paving stone entrance

Sometimes, function follows form. And there are instances in which outright defiance of fundamental architectural principles leads to the most extraordinary of homes. The gracious home of one of our clients in White County, shown below, is a case in point. Here, the front door—actually a set of French doors—is not the focal point of […]

Sunny Slide Up

Stone boulder wall for pool slide in Gainesville, GA

Visiting David and Ki’s home in Gainesville was like dropping in on summer camp. Kids everywhere! Their own, some on loan (foster children), their friends’ children… And why not? In keeping with the kid-friendly attitudes, they’d had a swimming pool built to create a fairy tale back yard. The kids were especially delighted to find […]

Home Court(yard) Advantage

Courtyard garden and fountain

Kerry and Brian’s family’s waterfront property is perfect for entertaining in style. It has a spacious, beautifully landscaped back yard, a large, covered outdoor kitchen and a sunny patio overlooking Lake Lanier. But sometimes, the family wished for a small, more intimate outdoor area for reading, having quiet conversations or contemplating the universe. The home […]